Women's health study: bottom, again

(May 7, 2004) - (Little Rock-AP) -- A study on women's health policies and practices gives a failing grade to Arkansas and five other states. Arkansas ranks third-worst among the states and the District of Columbia. Mississippi is ranked as the worst state, with Louisiana coming in as second-worst. Other states with failing grades are West Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas. Minnesota ranked highest on the list, followed by Massachusetts and Vermont. The National Women's Law Center and the Oregon Health and Science University this week released the study, called "Making the Grade on Women's Health: a National and State-by-State Report Card." A news release said scores were based on 27 health status benchmarks derived from the U-S Department of Health and Human Services, and on 67 women's health policies.